Lent Knitalong 2024

a large bunch of yellow roses

We’re excited to be hosting another mystery knitalong this Lent!

This year we will be knitting a prayer shawl (or blanket) over the course of Lent: the exact design of the shawl is a mystery, and will be revealed as knitters progress through the project!

We will cast on together on Ash Wednesday (14th February) and knitters will have their shawl finished in time for Easter day on the 31st March.

Knitters will receive daily knitting instructions by email each week; these will be accompanied by daily reflections/meditations which have kindly been written by eight different Ministers and worship leaders from the Bristol & South Gloucestershire circuit and beyond.

You can now download the Welcome letter (or the Welcome letter in large font), which includes general information (such as yarn/needles needed etc) and the pattern for a practice swatch. The weekly emails will go out from the beginning of Lent.

The pattern has been designed to be accessible to knitters of all abilities: if you can cast on and off, and can work the basic knit and purl stitches you should be able to join in! Less confident/experienced knitters may like to take a look at our accompanying video which explains the cast on and talks through some of the other features of the knitting.

If you’re not already on the mailing list you can sign up on our Knitalongs webpage.

Facebook users would also be very welcome to join the group Victoria Methodist Bristol Knitalongs, where a lovely community of knitters across the world share progress, ask questions and chat about the reflections (and all pattern/reflection documents will be posted on there too).

The pattern and reflections are also available from the Ravelry Crafting website.

Download the Pattern and Reflections:
Week 1 Pattern and Reflections
Week 1 Pattern and Reflections in Large Print
Week 1 Reflections only

Week 2 Pattern and Reflections
Week 2 Pattern and Reflections in Large Print
Week 2 Reflections only

Week 3 Pattern and Reflections
Week 3 Pattern and Reflections in Large Print
Week 3 Reflections only

Advent Knitalong 2023

Once again, following on from our mystery Lent Knitalong (or in preparation for the next mystery Lent Knitalong?), we will be hosting a (smaller!) mystery Advent Knitalong.

Starting knitting on 1st December and leading up to Christmas, participants will be invited to knit a large table mat and use the accompanying reflections.

You can download our Welcome Information (or the Large Print Welcome Information) which has all the information you need to prepare for the Advent Knitalong: yarn and needle information, a swatch pattern you can use as a warm-up and to test your gauge and details of how to sign up to receive the pattern (if you are not on our mailing list already).

The whole pattern for the table mat, as well as the accompanying reflections will be released in one single document on Monday 27th November via email and on the Vic Knitalongs Facebook Group. There will be a suggested schedule of which rows to knit each day for those who’d like to knit along each day and finish on Christmas Eve, but of course knitters can work at their own pace (more experienced/quicker knitters/those with more time might like to knit more than one to give as Christmas presents).

We look forward to many of you joining us for another devotional mystery knitalong!


Haydn’s Creation Recordings

A great time was had by all at our October 2023 Come and Sing Haydn’s Creation event. Many thanks to all who were involved from singers, musicians, behind the scenes organisers and front of house and refreshments team to Lyn, our conductor.

We recorded the event and are making videos of it available via our YouTube channel. So far, the first six movements are available, but the others will be added over time, too. Many thanks to our tech team for making this possible.

Exhibition and Sale of Sri Lankan Children’s Art

On Saturday 30 September 2023 and Saturday 14 October 2023 we will be hosing an exhibition of Sri Lankan Children’s Art. This amazing vibrant and colourful artwork has been produced by children attending a project in Sri Lanka and is being sold to raise money for the charity. Refreshments will be provided both mornings. More details below:

Information about the Sale of Sri Lankan Children's art with four pictures showing a family eating, children playing, animals around a pond and some elephants in the countryside


West Bristol Arts Trail 2023

On Saturday 14 October and Sunday 15 Vic is hosting 8 artists as part of the trail. They are a diverse group working with in different artistic media. We are eagerly anticipating seeing all the different work and offering hospitality to visitors who come to experience the trail.

Opening hours

Saturday 14 October: 10am to 5pm

Sunday 15 October: 12 noon to 5 pm

List of Artists exhibiting at Vic during the West Bristol Arts Trail, including a single thumbnail image showing a piece of art for each artist


More information about the Arts Trial on the West Bristol Arts Trail 2023 website.

What to expect: Taizé-style services

Our Taizé-style services are based on the Christian worship practised by the ecumenical Taizé community in France (www.taize.fr). This is characterised by the repetitive singing of simple harmonised tunes (or chants), often in various languages, interspersed with readings, prayers and periods of silence.

At Vic we have a music practice half an hour before the service starts, so if you arrive early do feel free to join in if you would like to – and don’t be concerned that you are late. There is usually a short pause after the practice followed by a short welcome and introduction to start off the service.

We provide order of service handouts (large print copies are usually available for those who need them) which also include all the words to the chants and sometimes a Psalm which we may say together. An example order of service is provided below.

If you are able to read music, then you can find the music to the chants in the orange booklets:

Taizé chants booklet cover

The words of the chants, have been written in a variety of languages and we often sing chants in other languages, such as French, German or Latin. The booklet provides translations into a variety of languages including English. A little musical note symbol indicates that the translation can also be sung to the tune. Please feel free to sing the chants in the original language, in English or in another language – just as you wish.

The chants are repeated numerous times to help quieten the mind and enable reflection. Our conductor, Lyn, will give a bit of a lead and towards the end of the last repetition the musicians will slow down to indicate that this is the end. Please feel free to join in with the singing or drop out at any point.

Part way through the service there is usually a 10 minute period of silence. During this time you may wish to pray, to meditate or to reflect on the Bible reading. There is no right or wrong – this is simply a quiet time for you to spend in God’s presence as you find helpful. The first time this can seem a little daunting, but after a few services, you will hopefully find yourself becoming more comfortable with the silences.

At the front we have a candle stand where you can light a candle at any point during the chants. We tend to request that candles are not lit during the silence, as this can be distracting for others.

When we are invited to say the Lord’s Prayer together in our mother tongue people may be speaking a in number of different languages – to share both our diversity and our unity.

There are usually a couple of stewards on duty – do ask if you are unsure about anything.

Example Order of Service

Chant 10 
Laudate Dominum, laudate Dominum,
Omnes gentes, alleluia! (x2)
(Sing, praise and bless the Lord.
Sing, praise and bless the Lord.
Peoples! Nations! Alleluia!)
Chant 118  In resurrectione tua, Christe, cœli et terra laetentur. (x2)
(Let heaven and earth rejoice in your resurrection, O Christ.)
Psalm 30
begun and interspersed with:
Chant 74  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
1          I will exalt you, Lord,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2          Lord my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.
3          You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
       Alleluia, alleluia…
4          Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
       Alleluia, alleluia…
6          When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.”
7          Lord, when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.
       Alleluia, alleluia…
8          To you, Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9          “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10        Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.”
       Alleluia, alleluia…
11        You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12        that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
       Alleluia, alleluia…
Chant 7 Notre âme attend le Seigneur.
En lui la joie de notre cœur. O—, O—.
(Our soul is waiting for God.
Our hearts find joy– in the Lord. O—, O—.)
Reading 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Silence  Ten minutes
Chant 40  O— Surrexit Christus, alleluia!
O— Cantate Domino, alleluia!
(The Lord is risen alleluia.
Sing out and praise the Lord, alleluia.
Chant 106  See, I am near, says the Lord.
See, I make all things new. O—, O—.
Prayers of Intercession begun and interspersed with:
Chant 79  Kyrie, Kyrie eleison. Kyrie, Kyrie eleison.
(Lord, have compassion.)
Lord’s Prayer in own mother tongue
Chant 5  Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God’s holy name.
Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life.
Chant 33  Nunc dimits servus tuum Domine,
secundum vergum tuum in pace.
(Let your ser-vant now— go in peace, O— Lord,
now go in peace ac—cord-ing to your word.—)

Proposed works notice

The Ecclesiastical Exemption (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (England) Order 2010

Victoria Methodist Church Whiteladies Road Bristol

The managing trustees of the above building wish to undertake the
following work to the chapel, which is listed as being of special
architectural or historic interest and/or is in a conservation area.

new handrail and repairs to stone steps

If you wish to make any comment or objection to these proposals you should write within 28 days to:

The Conservation office
Central Buildings
Oldham Street
M1 1JQ

Email conservation@methodistchurch.org.uk

28 May 2023

Lent Knitting 2023

Three balls of wool on a small table by a window with daffodils in the background

We’re excited to be hosting another Lent Knitalong this year. We will be knitting a scarf and as in previous years, knitters will receive weekly emails containing daily knitting clues with accompanying reflections written by Ministers, local preachers and worship leaders specifically for the knitalong.

For more information download our Welcome Letter or the Large Print Welcome Letter. To receive the e-mails please sign up by e-mailing .

You can also access all the information and pattern as it is released via Ravely or join our Victoria Methodist Bristol Knitalongs Facebook Group.

We hope you will join us on our Lent Knitting Journey!

Have a look at what we did for some of our previous knitalongs.

First same-sex wedding at Vic

Victoria Methodist Church was delighted to host the wedding of Holly Lerchundi Willis and Pippa Haggitt on Saturday October 8th. It was the first wedding for a same-sex couple to have taken place in the Church, and indeed within the wider Bristol and South Gloucestershire Methodist Circuit.

Pippa and Holly's wedding

“It means a huge amount to us that we are able to get married before God,” the couple said, “and that Victoria Methodist has welcomed us with open arms. We are so grateful for the support and positivity we’ve received. It’s a double celebration for us and the church! Being Christians and part of the LGBT community, it was really important to us to get married in a church amongst a community where we felt we belonged.”

Church Minister, Rev Richard Sharples, commented: “I have waited 30 years for this day, and feel privileged and delighted to have been able to enable Pippa and Holly to commit themselves to one another in a Methodist Church. The Methodist people of the UK continue on our pilgrimage of faith, through which we journey together despite not always agreeing with one another.”

In June 2021, the Methodist Conference (the Church’s governing body) gave local Churches permission to register for same-sex weddings as well as mixed-sex weddings. Of the approximately 40 Churches in this local Circuit, a handful have now chosen to do so. The couple added: “We hope that this is the beginning of many more same sex marriages to be conducted at Victoria and that it inspires other churches to also offer same sex weddings.”

Pippa and Holly's wedding

Lent Knitting Journey 2022

Wool and Knitting Needles

Our Lent Knitting Journey is back again for 2022, following a pattern for a cushion cover designed by our very own Lyn. Weekly emails throughout Lent will provide a set of daily knitting instructions (or ‘clues’) and specially written meditations for each day. The design of the cushion cover (which will be completed by Easter and can be sewn up/finished on Easter morning) is a surprise but will only use simple knit and purl stitches, so should be achievable by knitters of all abilities.

After casually posting the information about our new Lent Knitting Journey on some national Methodist Facebook groups we have had hundreds of people from all across the country and beyond signing up to join us. Many have told stories of struggling with their faith or mental health, recovering from chemotherapy, feeling isolated etc and being very excited to have a project like this to work on. It has been a humbling experience and we can’t wait to get going on our shared journey. Thank you to Lyn and Helen for keeping on top of all the admin and sending individual replies to many of the people who have signed up.